Clays Announces Big Investment in Kodak Digital Printing Technology
(PRESS RELEASE) ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 31—Clays has announced the installation of a Kodak Prosper 1000 Press as part of its integrated book production line, which includes a Muller Martini Sigmaline In-Line Finishing System. The integrated book line with the Prosper 1000 Press is up and running after a smooth installation period. Clays is the first choice supplier of leading UK publishing houses, including the Hachette Group, Pearson and Harper Collins.
“The Kodak Prosper 1000 Press is ideal for printing short-run high quality books,” said Erwin Busselot, Marketing Director, Digital Printing for Kodak’s Europe, Africa and Middle East Region. “Kodak has a strong partnership with Clays, working to support its drive to address online book ordering and increase digital output. Clays' adoption of the Prosper 1000 Press, based on Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology, is a strategic step toward achieving world leadership in book production.”
The Prosper 1000 Press is an advanced monochrome digital inkjet press that delivers high performance and offset-class quality. For some time, Clays of Bungay has researched and expanded its digital book production operation, working closely with Kodak to achieve appropriate digital short run and print-on-demand solutions at a competitive total cost of ownership, providing publishers with digital print production without compromise.
Clays uses a range of Kodak equipment including three Kodak VLF Platesetters and three Kodak Lotem Platesetters. The company is also in the final stages of installing a full bespoke Kodak Prinergy Workflow System. For print-on-demand, Clays also utilizes a Kodak Digimaster EX150 Digital Production System with in-line finishing capability—to move from PDF to finished book in minutes.
Clays is recognized as the leading book printer in the U.K., producing about 170 million books per year. The company is increasing its digital production levels to provide relevant solutions for publishers through reduced inventory and waste.
According to Clays Managing Director Kate McFarlan, the focus of Clays business strategy is to give publishers added value solutions aimed at a more efficient and cost-effective supply chain.